Lonzo Ball knows that with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Pelicans selected former Duke Blue Devils power forward Zion Williamson, who instantly changed the look of the Western Conference franchise. With Williamson bursting into the 2020-21 regular season, his first full go-round atop the highest level, the Pelicans superstar quickly made his way to his first career NBA All-Star Game while solidifying himself as a legitimate threat to the rest of the league.
Because Williamson has dominated — and then some — at every single level, it is hardly a surprise that he was able to do so at the NBA threshold as well. However, even with Williamson beginning to dominate the opposition en route to the NBA All-Star Game this past season, the Pelicans are still trying to build around the superstar big man.
New Orleans unfortunately did the opposite of that on Monday as the Pelicans notably dealt veteran point guard Lonzo Ball to the Chicago Bulls in a sign-and-trade. The Bulls then inked Ball to a four-year, $85 million contract as the former Los Angeles Lakers signal caller begins his tenure in the “Windy City.”
Although Williamson definitely doesn’t want to see a player of Ball’s caliber depart New Orleans, the absence of the Bulls newcomer might actually help the Pelicans best player moving forward.
Following modern NBA trends, the Pelicans began shifting Williamson to a roll that saw him handle the basketball much more last season. Because of his ability to create with the basketball in his hands, the former Duke standout can become somewhat of a “point forward,” as Williamson being given the room to make plays will only bode well for the franchise.